About Us & How to Contact Us

How to contact us
How to return a product
About Lost Art Press
Where to buy our books
International shipping
About leather editions
About signed editions
Our Terms of Service

1. How to contact us

Lost Art Press has no employees, no customer service department and no corporate headquarters. We are just two woodworkers with laptops who run this publishing company from our homes. We respond to all customer service inquiries – usually within 24 hours if possible.

If you have a question or problem with an order, contact John Hoffman at john@lostartpress.com.

For questions on the forum, contact the moderator, Brian Clites, at brian@lostartpress.com.

For general woodworking questions, please see the two blogs we maintain. Here is our Lost Art Press blog and Chris Schwarz's blog at Popular Woodworking Magazine. There are more than 4,000 article there, all searchable. Chris does not have a public e-mail address. More information here.


2. How to return a product

If you wish to return an item, simply return it to us by ground mail within 30 days of your order. We will promptly refund your money and the cost of the ground shipping. Send all returns to:

Returns, Lost Art Press
13599 Sweet Briar Parkway
Fishers, IN 46038

Please be sure to include your return address and a phone number so we can contact you in case there is a problem with your return. If you have questions about a return, send us an e-mail at john@lostartpress.com or call (317) 476-5511.


3. About Lost Art Press

Lost Art Press is a small Midwestern publishing company that seeks to help the modern woodworker learn traditional hand-tool skills. Since World War II, traditional and effective hand skills have disappeared from the home, professional and school woodshops in North America.

Those quickly disappearing hand skills have been replaced by a reliance on machine work, even when it is less effective, slower or sloppier. The founders of Lost Art Press – Christopher Schwarz and John Hoffman – are trying to restore the balance between hand and machine work by unearthing the so-called "lost arts" of hand skills and explaining how they can be integrated with the machinery in the modern shop to help produce furniture that is crisp, well-proportioned, stout and quickly made.

Christopher Schwarz is the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine, where he worked between 1996 and 2011. He is now a contributing editor to that magazine. John Hoffman is an enthusiastic home woodworker.

We pride ourselves on being a company that you can trust. We will never sell or share your personal information with anyone else. Ever. We do not accept gifts of free tools from manufacturers or catalogers. When we recommend a tool – in our books or on our blog – we have paid full retail for it. Just like you.


4. Where to buy our books

In addition to our online store, we sell our books through a network of small family-run retailers that share our same passion for woodworking, customer service and making quality goods. We do not sell through mass-market retailers or websites. Note that not all of our retailers carry all of our titles.

In North America, you can purchase our books from these sources:

Lost Art Press online store
Lee Valley Tools
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
Tools for Working Wood
Highland Woodworking
Best Made Company

Outside of North America, you can buy our books through these sellers:

• United Kingdom: Classic Hand Tools: www.classichandtools.co.uk Phone: 00 44 (0) 1473 784 983
• Germany: Dictum GmbH, www.mehr-als-werkzeug.de
• Australia:
   Henry Eckert www.henryeckert.com.au Email: info@henryeckert.com.au Phone: 08 8241 7777
   Carbatec Pty Ltd. www.carbatec.com.au  locations, Brisbane, Syndney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth,  Launceston
• New Zealand: Carbatec Pty Ltd. www.carbatec.co.nz
• Sweden: Rubank Verktygs AB  www.hyvlar.se Phone:  +46-8-7247510


5. International shipping

Lost Art Press ships some products (electronic books and apparel) outside the United States. It will always be more economical to purchase books from one of our international retailers. The following international retailers sell our books and ship to most parts of the world.

• Canada: Lee Valley Tools

• United Kingdom: Classic Hand Tools: www.classichandtools.co.uk Phone: 00 44 (0) 1473 784 983
• Germany: Dictum GmbH, www.mehr-als-werkzeug.de
• Australia: Henry Eckert www.henryeckert.com.au Email: info@henryeckert.com.au Phone: 08 8241 7777
• Sweden: Rubank Verktygs AB  www.hyvlar.se Phone:  +46-8-7247510

6. About leather-bound editions

In past years, we offered a limited number of our books bound in leather. If you wish to have one of our titles bound in leather, we recommend you contact Michael Fallon at Ohio Book Store in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Fallons provide outstanding work at a fraction of the cost of many other binderies. They work using 19th-century equipment and traditional methods. They have our highest recommendation.

Ohio Book Store
726 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202
(513) 621-5142


7. About signed editions


While we try to offer some of our books signed by the authors, we are far more obsessed with providing quality content printed on premium materials using domestic printing and binding. Lost Art Press books that are written by Chris Schwarz are always signed (via a letterpress bookplate).

If you wish to have one of your Lost Art Press books signed, we encourage you to contact the author directly to arrange it.


8. Our Terms of Service for the site


Welcome to the digital home of Lost Art Press (LAP). We strive to treat you as a guest in our house. We ask that you behave accordingly. Therefore, your use of the LAP web site is contingent upon the following Terms of Service:

  1. Use of the forum is governed solely by the owners of LAP. The forum moderator(s) will delete any post that violates the  following rules. Repeat violations will result in the deletion and deactivation of your LAP account.  
  2. This is a woodworking forum. Only woodworking will be discussed.
  1. No political, religious or social commentary of any sort. This restriction includes users’ quotations, signature lines and avatars. If it’s not woodworking, don’t post it.
  1. No sexist, racist or hateful language.
  1. No bullying, harassment or intimidation. LAP welcomes woodworkers of all skill levels. If you don’t have anything helpful to say, don’t say anything.
  1. No solicitation, advertising, self-promotion or spamming. Links to external websites are permitted only if they are directly relevant to a discussion.
  1. No profanity.
  1. No anonymous posts. To ensure integrity, users must login to their Lost Art Press account in order to post to the forum. If you do not already have a LAP account, you can create one here for free. We will not share your name or personal information with any third parties. Fake or duplicate LAP accounts will be deleted.
  1. When in doubt, see Rule No. 1.